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The Young Disciple Mission Experience is a teen mission trip, a training school, and an opportunity to acquire the tools and confidence needed to share your faith. In a safe and encouraging setting, Mission Experience youth become preachers, teachers, and evangelists, while capable staff serve as mentors.
The 2013 Mission Experience is scheduled to take place on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. The Philippines is the 12th most populous country, and its people are among the happiest on earth. Though surrounded by hardship, Filipino's seem to always have a friendly word and a warm smile, even for strangers. The island of Palawan is called the "Last Frontier" of the Philippines becasue of its pristine natural beauty, white sand beaches, and exotic wildlife. English is an official language and is widely spoken throughout the country.
Each Mission Experience participant will be a team member of one of the following two evangelism groups:
Each participant will also be in one or more of the following service bands:
Lodging will be in simple dorm-style rooms with shared toilet and shower facilities (boys and girls separate). Meals will be vegetarian, nondairy, low-fat, and low-sugar. Any special dietary needs are the responsibility of the participant.
(The following schedule is based on current information. Actual dates may change.)
Native-style cottages; soft, white, sandy beaches; colorful coral gardens; stunning tropical fish−that's what you can expect to experience on the Mission Experience Retreat. But that's not all. Most importantly, we'll spend time together recounting the ways the Lord has led during the trip, and exploring His will for the future.
Girls: Everyday wear for most Mission Experience activities should be modest skirts, dresses, or jumpers that cover the knee when standing or sitting, and allow a full stride when walking. Slits must end below the knee. Low-cut, see-through, tight, or sleeveless tops are not appropriate. Tops must be long enough to cover bare skin when reaching or bending over. For designated activities, fingertip-length shirts or tunics over capris or pants are appropriate. No makeup or nail polish.
Boys: Bring neat casual clothing. Shirts should be tucked in. No shorts, except for designated activities. Hats should not be worn backwards or sideways, and should be removed inside buildings and for all prayers.
Both: Bring sturdy clothing and shoes that will hold up to vigorous activity and dusty conditions. No tank tops, sleeveless items, questionable or suggestive lettering or images on clothing.
Social Relations: Friendly interaction among participants is encouraged. Intense and/or romantic relationships are not permitted.
Items to Leave At Home: Portable electronics (unless pre-approved by YD staff), gum, electronic or card games, secular reading material, makeup, nail polish, jewelry (including rings), or anything that would detract from the goals and atmosphere of the Mission Experience.
What to Bring: A detailed list will be included in the acceptance packet.
Each participant must raise or donate a minimum of $2200 toward Mission Experience costs.
Young people working in partnership with the Lord can often raise the necessary funds in just a few months. Upon acceptance, you will be sent specific information to help you reach your fundraising goal.
All donations are tax deductible. In order to comply with IRS tax-deductibility requirements, all donations, either from a family member or any other source, are non-refundable.
What Is Included:
What Is Not Included:
Mature, responsible, and godly young people that will be at least 15 years old by February 11, 2013. Applicants should have a real vision for evangelism and a desire to serve the Lord. Participants should have taken at least one of the following classes at a Young Disciple camp: Child Evangelism, Homiletics, DVD/Public Evangelism, Medical Missionary Training, Missionary First Aid, Missionary Adventures, Bible Work, or Literature Evangelism. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.
Adult applicants willing to serve in supporting roles will be considered on a space-available basis, and will meet the same financial obligations as youth participants.
Basic medical, limited personal effects/baggage, and emergency evacuation insurance will be provided. More information will be included in the acceptance packet.
If you must cancel, notify the YD office right away so someone on the waiting list will have the opportunity to attend.
The temperature will vary between 70−90°F most of the time. Occasional rain is likely.
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